I'm trying to install Skype (don't ask) onto this iMac (Intel) running Ubuntu 10.04 and I'm already super annoyed. Generally I don't like 3rd party software installed as a .deb package, so let's go for the dynamically linked version, shall we? Only 19MB to download, I'm sure Ubuntu has already installed all the necessary libraries.
$ ./skype: error while loading shared libraries: libasound.so.2: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory $ ldd ./skype | grep not libasound.so.2 => not found libXv.so.1 => not found libXss.so.1 => not found libQtDBus.so.4 => not found libQtGui.so.4 => not found libQtNetwork.so.4 => not found libQtCore.so.4 => not found libstdc++.so.6 => not found libgcc_s.so.1 => not found libX11.so.6 => not found libXext.so.6 => not foundWow. that's a lot of "not found" there. But it was late and I didn't think of it much, let's just get the statically linked version instead. With 26MB a bit bigger, that must be because they stuffed all the needed libraries into the tarball, right? No, they did not. There were even *more* libraries not found. Huh? But again, I did not want to spend time debugging this and I went to to get the Ubuntu package (8.10, 64bit). Yes, it's quite old (I'm sure they've backported all their security fixes, hm? :-)) but 64bit, that's my address. Alas, it still would not work - but this time the install process gave it away:
# dpkg -i /root/pkg/skype-ubuntu-intrepid_126.96.36.199-1_amd64.deb Selecting previously deselected package skype. (Reading database ... 143081 files and directories currently installed.) Unpacking skype (from .../skype-ubuntu-intrepid_188.8.131.52-1_amd64.deb) ... dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of skype: skype depends on lib32stdc++6 (>= 4.1.1-21); however: Package lib32stdc++6 is not installed. skype depends on lib32asound2 (>> 1.0.14); however: Package lib32asound2 is not installed. skype depends on ia32-libs (>= 1.6); however: Package ia32-libs is not installed. skype depends on lib32gcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1-21+ia32.libs.1.19); however: Package lib32gcc1 is not installed. dpkg: error processing skype (--install): dependency problems - leaving unconfiguredwtf? Why do they label it "64bit" when it clearly isn't? Now I have to clutter my system with these 32bit emulation libraries again. Sigh.